What happened to the day when the preacher would kick the crap out of you on Sunday morning? Hellfire and brimstone would rain from the heavens directly into the pew burning our conscious to ashes. Oh how I miss the good old days.
Week after week I sit in the pew/chair at my church and listen to how God made me to be happy and how I have all this power on tap for when I need it. How when struggles come I just need to call on God and He will answer. Need money just pray. Need happiness just pray. Need healing just pray. Sounds like a bumper sticker doesn’t it?
How come preachers are often unwilling to stand in the pulpit and correct us? I don’t mean the good intentioned you should “try” to correct this path. I mean the ‘you are going to hell if you continue this path’ stuff. Of course those of you who think that ‘once saved always saved’ is written is stone would crap your pants if he said that and then leave the church but honestly I miss it.
I could often use a swift kick in the pants in relation to my salvation. I become stagnant or just lazy at times in my pursuit of God and maybe a good old “stop doing that crap” from my preacher would help get the waters moving again. Am I the only one who doesn’t believe everyone in church is going to heaven?
It took me the longest time to figure out that the majority of people are just hoping that Matthew 7:22-23 ‘On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ does not apply to them.
So often I think of this scripture not out of fear but out of intrigue. I don’t think of myself as a holy person and I certainly have not prophesied or cast any demons out (see my earlier blog) which in the majority of peoples opinions is reaching the pinnacle of possessing God’s power. At some point the Holy Spirit helped me with this scripture and a few other ones to realize that yes I am going to sin and yes I am going to fail, sometime miserably but as long as I pursue God for relationship then I will not have to worry about the above scripture.
Anyway… back to the main point… how many people know of these verses and the dim picture they project? Even more so who wants someone to preach on these verses? I do! If you look at the exodus from the modern church you have to realize that not everyone is buying the happy train story that is being pitched to us. Someone has to be there to tell us the stove is hot or that having a BB gun war is stupid. Someone has to tell us and it may as well be the preacher.
So Preacher, get on with it, make me feel better some other time. I just want to have some direction on what I am not supposed to do and not on what I am gifted to do…